(Scheme & Syllabus) UPSC: CISF (AC) Limited Departmental Competitive Examination


CISF (AC) Limited Departmental Competitive Examination

:: Scheme & Syllabus ::

Scheme of Written Examination:

The written examination to be conducted by Union Public Service Commission will comprise two papers as follows :

Paper-1 General ability and Intelligence and Professional Skill, (300 marks) (150 questions) (2 ½ hours)

This paper will be of Objective Type (Multiple Choice Questions) in which the questions will be set in English as well as Hindi. The paper will comprise two parts as follows:-

Part-A : General Ability and Intelligence - 150 Marks (75 Questions)

Part-B : Professional Skill - 150 Marks  (75 Questions)

Paper II : Essay, Precis Writing and Comprehension - 100 Marks (2 hours)

In this paper candidates will be allowed the option of writing the Essay Component in English or Hindi, but the medium of Précis Writing and Comprehension Components will be English only.

Syllabi of the Written Papers:

Paper I : General Ability and Intelligence and Professional Skill

PART-A : General Ability and Intelligence: The objective type questions with multiple choices in this paper will broadly cover the following areas:

1. General Mental Ability

The questions will be designed to test the logical reasoning, quantitative aptitude including numerical ability and data interpretation.

2. General Science

The questions will be set to test general awareness, scientific temper, comprehension and appreciation of scientific phenomena of everyday observation including new areas of  importance like Information Technology, Biotechnology and Environmental Science.

3. Current Events of National and International Importance:

The questions will test the candidates’ awareness of current events of national and international importance in the broad areas of culture, music, arts, literature, sports, governance, societal and developmental issues, industry, business, globalisation and interplay among nations.

4. General Awareness:

The questions shall aim to test candidates’ general awareness and would inter-alia include question to test basic knowledge of history of India, Indian and World Geography as well  as Indian Polity and Economy.

PART-B : Professional Skill

This test will be designed to test professional skills of the candidates in relation to operational and administrative requirement of the Central Industrial Security Force and will broadly cover the following areas:

1. CISF related professional skills

  • Industrial Security;
  • Industrial Safety and fire fighting;
  • Disaster Management;
  • Aviation Security
  • Crime and Intelligence-Espionage, Sabotage, Subversion;
  • Perimeter Security
  • Security of vital installations-DAE, Metro Rail, Space;
  • Use of Technical Gadgets-Alarm, detection, intrusion, Access control, fire safety;
  • Bomb disposal;
  • VIP Security
  • Internal Security and Election duties. 2. Law
  • Cr.PC (Search, Seizure and unlawful assembly)
  • IPC (Theft, mischief, breach of trust, corruption etc.)
  • Evidence Act (Search, seizure & collection of evidence)
  • Labour Laws (Industrial Disputes Act, Workmen Compensation Act, EPF Act.)
  • Other Criminal Offences.
  • Human Rights.

3. Computer Skills and Awarness

  • Computer Security
  • Basic computer operations
  • Basic hardware and software

4. Service Rules and HR matters

  • CCA Rules
  • CISF Act and Rules
  • HR functions related to CISF

Paper II : Essay, Précis Writing and Comprehension

This paper shall test candidates’ ability to bring to fore his/her ideas on the given essay topic, arrange them in a coherent, orderly, concise, understandable and lucid manner in effective and grammatically correct language free from spelling errors.

Further, this shall test candidates’ ability to understand the given passages for précis-writing and  comprehension and their skills to summarise the précis passage and reply to the short-answered  questions on the comprehension passage.


(1) Physical Standards:

The Minimum requirements for the candidate (for all categories) are as follows:

  Men Women
Height 165 cm 157 cm
Chest (unexpanded)  81 -86 cms (Not applicable)
Weight Corresponding To height SHAPE-1 Corresponding to height SHAPE-1

Moreover, the weight should be as per the height and age as mentioned in APPENDIX-II (B)

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